If this was one single situation on its own, I would agree with you. I'm blowing this way out of proportion and trying to make mountains out of no
hills. However, this is not an isolated incident, it is only one example of a trend developing throughout the western world, and its not limited to
just language. It's affecting our history, our religions, our politics, our education, and
our day to day speech.
The form of censorship I percieve is taking place is much more nefarious than making it against the law. I see an active effort to segregate the
world's population. I see an active effort to curtail the expression of ideas, not by changing the laws, but by changing people's thought patterns.
Now I'll explain why.
All over the western world today, special racial situations are being created through words and laws. Affirmative action seporates minorities teven
more than they already are by creating special situations based simply on the color of your skin. Words like 'n-word', wreathed in hatrid and slavery,
is totally acceptable for an African American to say, but a teacher trying to teach about the hate surrounding the word who is not black will be
if not fired outright. It's acceptable to say the
land was better off before whity came, but you cannot say the land is better now that America has been formed. All over the place we have these
special situations meant to cater to one race or another, but the unintentional side effect (if it's not intentional) is to create a larger divide
between the races, not bring them together.
The manner in which this censorship I'm seeing taking place is, as I said, nefarious. Rather than make the words illegal, the effort is being made in
the minds of everyone. Laws can be broken, but if we can be reprogrammed to the point where the word brainstorm causes utter disgust in our minds, we
will not say it. There are many words I hold in that regard, and I don't say them. It was, however, my choice. Companies making those choices for
people, while apparently minor on the surface, are stealing away our very ability to say such words. What complements the companies is the legal
system. People can sue for being offended, they always have. The difference is, now they can win. Do they win by a judicial ruling? I have not come
across a single case in America where a judge has decided to award someone for being offended. However, if these words deemed inappropriate, like
manila or brainstorming, are used by anyone, the media evicerates them as biggots. As a result, I have
read about cases where someone settled
out of court because of the media coverage, even local. They've been demonized for using demonized words.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do justice to my explanation because I'm pressed for time right now and my frickin' compy keeps rebooting, losing
everything I'd already typed. Had that not been happening, we may have been having this conversation on the thread I was creating regarding the
article I linked to above, but after the second time I lost heart
Rant, I'm sorry my take on things upsets you so much. We obviously have two very contradictory viewpoints on this issue. I don't point this stuff
out to anger you or anyone else. I am simply passionate about this issue, and feel that it needs to come to light. As a result, I post many examples
where policies or laws are created to keep someone from potentially being offended. There are many, many, many more instances where it hasn't gotten
to the legal status yet and is simply a group demanding an appology, retraction, or reprisal for comments that I'm following to see if anything
develops, but I'm not bringing them to the table here at ATS. I am passionate about this issue, as, it appears, you are, Rant. I hope you can come to
understand why I feel the need to share this just as you feel the need to reply.